Kawasaki has formally took its new Z900RS to Tokyo today. The retro-themed motorbike clearly pays homage to the renowned Kawasaki Z1. The classic styling along with the modern engine and tech from Kawasaki’s Z900 sure does make this motorcycle impactful. Powering Z900RS is the same liquid-cooled, 948-cc, inline 4-cylinder engine seen on the Z-900. On the Z900RS, peak power is down from 125hp to 111hp while peak torque has dropped from 97.9Nm to 72.5Nm. However, the Japanese builder has tuned the engine for more midrange grunt and to help it pull faster below 7,000-rpm. The 4-into-one exhaust setup features an in-built catalytic convertor, resulting in a classic one-piece stainless steel unit that further adds to its character.
Fascinatingly, Kawasaki has added a traction control system to the Z900-RS and 300mm front discs gripped by radial-mount calipers are not seen on the Z900. The motorbike also features analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials, with a digital screen hidden between the two. The screen features a fuel gauge, remaining range, present and usual fuel consumption, coolant temperature, external temperature, gear and more. It can be switched off to give the instrument cluster a more classic appearance. Talking about the appearance, the highlight of the Z900RS is the 17-litre tank. Its slim and classic design essential the frame to be reworked. Completing the flat waistline is the flat seat and tail of the motorcycle, all of which is seems to be inspired by the classic Z1. The motorcycle uses LED lighting all-around, but the bulbs are placed in such a manner that it look like a frequently lit headlamp. At present, this is Kawasaki’s only retro-modern motorcycle.
The parallel-twin W800 that was introduced in 2011 was discontinued last year. The Z900RS will likely hit the global market by the end of the year. There is no confirmation from Kawasaki regarding an India launch however, we see no reason why it shouldn’t make its way here. We can imagine it to be priced at a premium over the Z-900, crudely around the price of the Triumph Street Triple RS. The price hike is due to the addition of traction control, radially-mounted brakes and all-round LED lighting.